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High praises for local theatre

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

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DESPITE the challenges, 2013 was a good year for the local theatre industry.

That's the view of Tanya Batson-Savage, head of the panel of adjudicators for the Actor Boy Awards.

Speaking at Monday's awards at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Batson-Savage noted that the year saw 30 productions taking to the stage representing a rich blend of themes and genres from tragedies to musicals, comedies and what she noted was a "growing breadth of plays for children".

She, however, heaped her praise on the two theatre festivals to come out of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts.

"Not all of the striking theatre throughout the year was among the plays eligible for adjudication. The 8x10 festival is a welcome addition to Jamaica's theatre calendar, providing space for experimentation and presenting some truly magical moments in theatre. Tallawah and 8x10 beg the question of why there is no large theatre festival in Jamaica?"

The fine acting presented on stage during the year under review also received commendation from the judges, as well as the strong commitment to lighting and set design.

This year, the Actor Boy Awards introduced an ensemble award.

The inaugural Actor Boy Award for Best Ensemble was won by the cast of Jonkanoo Jamboree.

-- Richard Johnson

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